Today I’m sharing another one of my large Illustrated Stitchbooks, this one made in 2014.
This was an evening project for me, whilst I was teaching Textiles at a Secondary school. Being surrounded by fabric all day made me inspired and I was often jealous of the time the kids could spend trying out different techniques. I wanted a project where I could try new things out. At the same time I was also exposed to lots of facts and bits of knowledge, staring down at me from classroom walls, overheard conversations from excited children and when covering another teachers lessons. I decided to combine these two parts of my school life into one journal, based on the secondary school subjects.
Each subject is represented by a fact relating to it (sometimes tenuously!) and that piece of information has been illustrated in fabric collage. I tried to pick things that would make interesting pictures but also that were the sort of things my tutor group used to tell me about learning.
A list of the pages and text: (I cannot be held responsible for the factual accuracy of any of these!)
Food Tech: Meat
English: Charles Dickens had a pet Raven called Grip
History: 14 year old Roman Emperor Elagabalus invented the whoopee cushion in 217 AD
Science 1: Solar System
Science 2: An octopus has 3 hearts
Science 3: Oleander, one of the most poisonous plants is often planted in school playgrounds despite its leaves being lethal to children.
Geography: South America and capital cities
Art: The pigment Carmine is traditionally made from powdered insects. Also called cochineal, crimson lake.
German: Lightbulb in German is Glühbirne which translates as ‘glow pear’.
Maths: Pie chart of students favourite things about maths: Simultaneous equations, using a compass, squared paper, making Π puns, writing ‘boobies’ on a calculator.
The inspiration for the images and colours came from my collection of 1960s and 70s childrens books and encyclopedias- Like this page from “2000 words for reading and writing” by Mollie Clarke, illustrated by Eccles, from 1968. I love the bright colours and the simple layouts of each section and wanted my book to capture the same feel (now retro!).
I hope you enjoyed the book! If you’d like to make your own themed Stitchbook, i’m currently putting together an online course to show you how! Sign up for my mailing list to get updates and info about a launch date!
Or… check out my Stitchbook Starter Kit which can be adapted to make a themed book (rather than the photo album it was designed as).